By K’Ongango Ochieng Dennis
I gave Uhuru 12 hours to ensure that Raila is arrested, charged and prosecuted for orchestrating the massacre in Lamu. To be honest, I wouldn’t tell if Raila is being held in some cell somewhere unless someone tells me. I went to Court Number one of the criminal division to check if he had been taken there to take plea but I didn’t see anyone like him. I know him personally, I have met him one on one on several occasions!
However since no one is demonstrating, waving twigs,Â burning tyres on the roads and most improtantly stoning motorists and engaging cops in running battles, I think it is safe to assume that the old man is not in police custody.
So should I proceed to give instructions to my advocate to take the government to court?
I have agonised over this for so long. Every other time I picked my phone to call my advocate Kethi Kilonzo, I found myself replacing the receiver, reclining back on my chair, taking a long deep puff off my cigarette and looking at the ceiling in deep thought.
The reason is this: just like it is so difficult for Uhuru Kenyatta to arrest Raila Odinga, it is so difficult for the court to find Uhuru Kenyatta negligent for failure to arrest Raila Odinga.
Number two, if I took Uhuru Kenyatta to court, more than half of the population will shout at me the words ‘your surname betrays you!’ You see my name is Onyango. Moreover, I don’t have any personal security, so that makes it very easy for me to be blackmailed. The din raised by the shouts of 6 Million plus people shouting at me is enough to destroy my ear drum and condemn me to deafness.
Number three, I might have been naive to believe that Uhuru has any evidence to link Raila to the massacre. I would like to believe him because he is briefed by the intelligence. However Kenyatta is also a politician. You see, Raila has been holding these rallies, proclaiming tsunamis and if his activities were linked to the Kwale massacre, that would create a backlash and then may be he would slow down.
Number four, if Uhuru as big as he is, is not taking Raila to court for whatever reason, who am I to even imagine taking him to court? I am so small in the scheme of things, I could meet the fate of those 50 departed souls.
Number 5, the Kikuyus might gang up against me for taking Uhuru to court. Similarly, the Luos may decide to stone me for putting pressure on Uhuru to arrest Raila.
Number six, even assuming I went to court, it is possible that I might not get any justice there. You see, people in Kenya like talking about these brown envelopes and both Raila and Uhuru have such fat brown envelops, I am not sure any justice will resist the urge to peer inside them.
For those reasons and four others I don’t have the time to enumerate, I resign to fate and hope that somehow, Uhuru gets the guts, balls, whatever it is to tame Raila Odinga and secure the security of all Kenyans.